Gary Johnson says 2016 will be his last presidential campaign

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If you want to vote for Gary Johnson, it looks like this year could be your last chance.

The Libertarian Party candidate told USA Today: "This is my last shot at this, OK? I won't be around after this election."

This is Johnson's second presidential campaign on the Libertarian ticket. He also ran in 2012, drawing just under 1 percent of the popular vote. His poll numbers are much higher this time around, but it probably won't be enough to make Johnson our 45th president.

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UNITED STATES - MARCH 3: Gov. Gary Johnson, former Governor of NM, speaks at the American Conservative Union's CPAC conference at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., on Thursday, March 3, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 26: Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson pretends to have a heart attack on stage while arguing in favor of legalization of marijuana during CPAC in National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 26, 2015. Former Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y., not pictured, had just argued during their debate that marijuana caused an increased risk of heart attacks. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speaks in the Fox News/Google GOP Debate at the Orange County Convention Center on September 22, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The debate featured the nine Republican candidates two days before the Florida straw poll. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
File-This Nov. 3, 2011 file photo shows former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson addressing the 2011 Drug Policy Alliance conference in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, July 1, 2014 it was announced that Johnson had been named the CEO of a Nevada-based company that hopes to make medical and recreational marijuana products. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate for president, addresses an audience of students and the public at Macalester College, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in St. Paul, Minn. Johnson, a former two-term New Mexico governor, is on a nationwide college tour as part of his campaign for president. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Republican presidential candidates, from left, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, prepare prior to a debate Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
FILE - In this Sept 23, 2011 file-pool photo, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speaks in Orlando, Fla. The Libertarian Johnson is running for president a second time after winning more than a million votes in 2012. (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool, File)
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announces his plans to seek the Republican nomination for president in front of the Statehouse Thursday, April 21, 2011 in Concord, N.H. Gov. Johnson says he has the resume needed to lead the country. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, shown at the Inn of Loretto, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1999, in Santa Fe, N.M. Insurance companies that back a ``no pay, no play'' proposal, promoted by Gov. Gary Johnson, say they would save money if uninsured drivers were barred from making big claims. Under the legislation, insurance companies would be required to file new rates taking into account their anticipated savings from the new law in August. (AP Photo/Laura Husar)
Texas Gov. George W. Bush, left, makes a joke about the first time he met New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, right, as he addresses a crowd at a barbecue June 19, 1998, in support of Johnson's re-election campaign in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Jake Schoellkopf)
New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson enters the Roswell Convention Center Thursday, July 3, 1997 surrounded by aliens. The governor and his family visited Roswell to participate in the 50th anniversary celebration of eth Roswell incident.(AP Photo/Susan Sterner)
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The former New Mexico governor is favored by about 10 percent of voters. That's impressive for a third-party candidate but still a ways away from the 15 percent he needs to be included in the presidential debates. And Johnson knows how vital the debates are for his White House hopes.

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"Would you agree that if you don't get into the debates it's game over?" Chris Wallace asked on Fox News on Sunday.

"Winning the election, yes. I would say, 'game over,'" Johnson replied.

In a year where the Democratic and Republican nominees are disliked by a record number of voters, this seems to be as good a time as any for a third-party candidate to make some noise come November.

But Johnson admits he may not be the best third-party option. In the same interview, he said, "Clearly, I may not be the right messenger."


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Hollywood's biggest 2016 election donors
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$1,002,700 to Hillary Clinton

The director and cofounder of DreamWorks donated one million to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC that supports Clinton, and $2,700 to Clinton herself. 

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$1,002,700 to Hillary Clinton

The CEO of DreamWorks Animation donated one million to Priorities USA Action and $2,700 to Clinton herself. 

(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

$502,700 to Hillary Clinton

The director donated $500,000 to Priorities USA Action and $2,700 to Clinton herself. 

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$5,000 to Ben Carson and $5,000 to Rand Paul

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$2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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$2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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$2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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$2,700 to Martin O'Malley and $2,700 to Bernie Sanders

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$2,700 to Hillary Clinton

York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

$2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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$2,700 to Bernie Sanders

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$2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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$2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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$2,700 to Bernie Sanders

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$2,700 to Hillary Clinton

(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

$2,700 to Jeb Bush

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$2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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$2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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